The Atlantic Profiles Andrew Anglin in “The Making of an American Nazi”

Andrew Anglin, publisher of the Daily Stormer, is either completely nuts or he’s been smeared and libeled by The Atlantic.

A journalist named Luke O’Brien has put together the story of Andrew’s life or at least what he says is Andrew’s life.

It’s going to be interesting to see how Anglin responds.

The piece is too long for me to condense, so I’m going to excerpt around a thousand words out of what must be 10,000 words or more.

The excerpt covers part of Anglin’s high school days in Columbus, Ohio, where he was born and raised.

The Atlantic

When Anglin entered the Linworth Alternative Program, Columbus’s “hippie” high school, as a freshman in 1999, other students found him a quiet, insecure kid who craved attention and wanted to fit in. A declared atheist, he styled his reddish hair in dreadlocks and favored jeans with 50-inch leg openings. He often wore a hoodie with a large fuck racism patch on the back.

Anglin was one of only two vegans at Linworth, and before long he began dating the other, a brunette named Alison in the class ahead of him, whom he wooed by baking vegan cookies. She was a popular girl who introduced him to a diverse and edgy clique of kids. To them, Anglin seemed sweet and funny, if a little too eager to latch on to causes. Alison was deeply into animal rights. Suddenly, he was too.

He also got deeply into drugs, according to half a dozen people who knew him at the time. He did LSD at school or while wandering through the scenic Highbanks Metro Park, north of the city. He took ketamine, ate psychedelic mushrooms, and snorted cocaine on weekends. He chugged Robitussin, and “robo tripped” so much that he damaged his stomach and would vomit into trash cans at school.

At home, Anglin spent hours in his parents’ basement downloading music and visiting early Flash-animation sites. According to Cameron Loomis, a former friend, Anglin’s favorite online destination was Rotten.com, which collected images of mangled corpses, deformities, and sexual perversions.

Anglin set up his own website, for a fake record label called “Andy Sucks! Records” that he used to dupe bands into sending him demo tapes. Here, his leftist leanings were on full display: He wrote posts encouraging people to send the Westboro Baptist Church death threats from untraceable accounts, and he mocked the Ku Klux Klan and other racist organizations. He wasn’t so different, back then, from the antifascist activists who would one day protest outside his dad’s office.

But people who knew Anglin in high school told me that, for reasons that were unclear, his behavior became erratic and frightening sometime around the beginning of his sophomore year at Linworth. Visitors to his house saw holes in his bedroom walls, and they knew that when he was upset, he would smash his head into things. Several recall an episode at a party: Anglin burst out crying after Alison drunkenly kissed someone else, then ran outside and bashed his head on the sidewalk over and over.

He harmed himself in other ways, too. He tried to tattoo the name of his favorite band, Modest Mouse, on his upper arm but gave up after two and a half letters, leaving him with moi etched on his skin. He stretched his earlobes by jamming thick marker caps into piercing holes until they dripped blood. He claimed to feel no pain and used lighters to melt the flesh on the inside of his forearms. He provoked people into assaulting him but never fought back, instead laughing as the blows fell. Two kids beat him into a gutter once. Anglin just lay there until they stopped, out of pity and confusion.

Former friends recall that Anglin’s parents seemed blind to their son’s alarming behavior. And while he could be tender toward his younger siblings, Chelsey and Mitch, and loyal to his friends, he also had a sadistic side. Alison (who asked that her last name be withheld from this article) told me that during Anglin’s sophomore year, she called him, distraught: She said she’d passed out at a party and been raped by a friend’s older brother. She needed compassion and support, but Anglin just laughed and broke up with her.

“You’re a slut,” she remembers him saying.

Several girls Anglin had gotten to know at another high school began calling her house at all hours of the night, according to Alison and other sources. “You deserved it,” they’d say. “You slut.” Alison says the abuse went on for weeks, as Anglin showed friends a video he’d made of them having sex.

After the breakup, Dan Newman, another friend at the time, remembers Anglin once bashing his head into the walls of his bedroom in such a frenzy that his mother had to call the police. Several classmates told me that Anglin didn’t date again in high school and sometimes tried to kiss other boys, including one black student he especially liked. Whether this behavior was authentic experimentation or just for shock value, it’s notable in light of the extreme homophobia Anglin has since expressed on The Daily Stormer and elsewhere. He has advocated, for instance, throwing gays off buildings, isis-style.

The time that Anglin spent in the Philippines pursuing Filipina girls is equally as interesting as his high school years. According to O’Brien, Anglin had a conspiracy website modeled after Alex Jones while he lived there. His behavior was also erratic, as at one point he disappeared into the jungle for months in pursuit of what he considered to be life in paradise.

As I’m finishing up this post I don’t see anything posted on the Daily Stormer responding to this mini-biography.

Anglin is supposed to be in court in December to answer Tanya Gersh’s lawsuit. Her attorneys will have the opportunity to ask Anglin relevant questions.

His answers will hopefully pull back the layers of mystery surrounding him.

Jewish UCLA Researcher Studies White Nationalist Reactions to Nonwhite Ancestry

AARON PANOFSKY, UCLA RESEARCHER.

What would your reaction be if you took a DNA test and the results came back that said you had nonwhite ancestry. That describes Tara McCarthy, among other White Nationalists. She’s part Asian-Indian.

I grew up being told that we had Native American ancestry in my background, on my father’s side of the family. Who cares? I have no desire to obtain a DNA study. From the time I was two years old and saw pictures of Britain in a book, I’ve identified as English/British/whatever. It works for me.

But Stormfront members had a range of reactions to their news of nonwhite ancestors.

newsroom.ucla.edu

A new study by UCLA researchers reveals the range of reactions — from rejection to reinterpretation to acceptance — after white nationalists learn that DNA ancestry test results indicate they may not be as white or European as they previously thought.

The study, “When Genetics Challenges a Racist’s Identity: Genetic Ancestry Testing Among White Nationalists,” is the work of UCLA researchers Aaron Panofsky and Joan Donovan, who presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association held Aug. 14, 2017, in Montreal, Canada.

Upon receiving genetic evidence of non-white or non-European ancestry, those posting online “expend considerable energy to repair identities by rejecting or reinterpreting genetic ancestry testing results,” said the researchers, who studied discussion threads on the topic posted on the white nationalist online forum Stormfront.

In their study, Donovan and Panofsky, an associate professor with appointments in Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Institute for Society and Genetics, and Sociology, looked at more than 3,000 posts in 70 discussion threads on topics related to “test reveals.” These included posts by individuals who revealed results of non-white/non-European ancestry on Stormfront, a website that requires members to be white or European with non-Jewish ancestry. Responses also included the comments on those test results.

Panofsky and Donovan, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Society and Genetics, report that while ancestry tests promote “the capacity to reveal one’s genetic ties to ethnic groups, ancient populations and historical migrations, and even famous historical figures … this opportunity to ‘know thyself’ can come with significant risks.”

Panofsky points out that based on white nationalists’ responses to genetic information upon learning their test results, there is no reason to believe that they would give up their racial ideology, and, more importantly, that genetic information cannot be relied on to change the views of white nationalists.

In addition, Panofsky said that, as a group, white nationalists appear to have a combination of sophisticated and unsophisticated methods of interpreting the data from statistical and genetic viewpoints, as well as on their own historical reasoning or reinterpretation.

“In this framework, the repair strategy is not to reject scientific or historical knowledge, but to educate oneself to understand the construction of [genetic test] results and to explain those results in alternate terms,” the researchers conclude.

In parsing responses to genetic ancestry test results posted on Stormfront, Panofsky and Donovan created a “decision tree” consisting of “good news” responses, or confirmation of white identity, or “bad news,” revealing results of non-white or non-European ancestry.

“Good news” served a confirming purpose and was well-received, but “bad news” elicited responses of rejection of the test results. Alternatives to the rejected responses included championing traditional methods, citing family history or using a “mirror test,” whereby individuals evaluated their outward appearance as a gauge of racial identity.

“Many of the responses to bad news are about how to repair the damage, rather than latching onto the ideology of Stormfront,” Panofsky said. “Even though they have that idea of purity, they help people explain away or dismiss the result.”

The researchers also found that some who reject unfavorable genetic test results interpret them as the product of companies with an anti-white bias, or Jewish ownership “invested in sowing racial doubt and confusion among whites.” They also attribute a small percentage of non-white or non-European markers as being “part of a multicultural conspiracy,” according to the study.

Another way the posters dealt with bad news, Panofsky and Donovan reported, was to discount indications of non-white ancestry as a statistical error or “noise” to engage in “scientific reinterpretation of the results.”

The findings also indicate that white nationalists are using genetic ancestry test results to rethink “the boundaries of whiteness.” Panofsky and Donovan point out that a great deal of discussion on Stormfront focuses on “what are the genetic markers of legitimate whiteness or European-ness,” and how to think about white nationalism in an era of genetic ancestry testing.

None of the Stormfront responses are illogical or ill-conceived. Whiteness is a good thing that’s a complex product of DNA and self-awareness. Who would give up their whiteness because of a set of genes that no one really fully understands anyway.

WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE AFTER BEING TOLD YOU’RE WHITE.

Breitbart Writer Married to Mexican Defends Stormfront, Daily Stormer, et. al.

The author at Breitbart who defends free speech on the Internet in the excerpt below is named John Nolte.

Nolte goes through the obligatory denunciation of “white supremacy” and so forth, while proclaiming that the removal of the Daily Stormer and Stormfront are offenses against freedom.

This part of the article is the second half, which delivers the free speech argument.

Excerpt from Breitbart

If corporations band together and choose to ban you from the Internet, you lose your ability to exist.

Moreover, there actually is a conspiracy afoot…

The Silicon Valley robber barons and the media are scheming to continue to expand the definitions of hate speech and the alt-right to include opinions and people they do not like. For example, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is the tip of this spear, an organization the establishment media takes seriously for only one cynical reason — because it gives them the cover they so desire to label those of us who do not hold the “correct” views on immigration, gay marriage, affirmative action and the welfare state, as part of the neo-Nazi brotherhood. And by extension, this makes the traditional conservatives and Christians part of the neo-Nazi brotherhood.

See where this is going? And it is happening in ways big and small.

The media and left not only cheer on campaigns that target a right-leaning site’s advertisers, which in turn gives corporations another form of veto power over speech, they express no outrage when corporations fire individuals over their personal political views.

How can a freeborn American enjoy the spirit of the First Amendment when mega-corporations are given the power to destroy and disappear us? We can’t. But do we really want to give neo-Nazis a platform?

Yes — yes, we do.

Hey, I’m a Roman Catholic married to a Mexican. You think I have any love for white supremacists like the KKK? Or Marxist supremacists like Antifa? Or the black supremacists in Black Lives Matter? Or the Hispanic supremacists in La Raza? Or the Islamic supremacists in CAIR? Or the cultural supremacists at CNN? They are all sides of a single coin. But they all should enjoy the right to spew their toxic beliefs.

The left used to understand that the only way to secure all of our speech was to defend the vilest of speech. Once you start adding asterisks, the toothpaste is out of the tube.

The line you draw when it comes to speech is a very simple one: Violence. Endorsing, promoting or encouraging violence is illegal and should be (which does beg the question of how CNN stays on the air). Anything else… bring it on.

SPLC Hatewatch Notes that Vanguard News Network is Still Up

SCREEN CAPTURE FROM VNN FORUM.

The SPLC Hatewatch site featured a link to this story yesterday. I think they’re working behind the scenes to get the VNN site banned from the Internet.

Kansas City

While two of the country’s most prominent white nationalist websites have been taken down in the aftermath of the deadly violence in Virginia, a Missouri-based site operated by a neo-Nazi remains active.

Vanguard News Network, run by longtime white supremacist Alex Linder, of Kirksville, Mo., continued to operate on Monday. The network, whose motto is “No Jews. Just Right,” includes an online forum with tens of thousands of threads.

On Monday, it featured discussions of everything from President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to a thread called “Diversity Is: Hatred of White People.”

Linder, a former member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance, did not respond to a request for comment. He talked about the actions on Vanguard News Network’s blog on Saturday.

“The last time I checked, White men gave Americans something called the First Amendment (i.e., free speech),” he wrote. “Has the First Amendment been voided by the U.S. Supreme Court? As far as I know, it has not been. Speech is legal except when you incite imminent violence. Did Stormfront incite imminent violence? If so, when? Is there a quote somewhere?”

Linder, who started his online site in 2000, was among supporters of avowed neo-Nazi F. Glenn Miller Jr., who shot to death three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park in 2014. Prior to the shootings, Miller had posted more than 12,000 times on the forum under the name “Rounder.”

Linder later worked behind the scenes to help gather materials for Miller’s defense at his murder trial and was a witness for Miller in the death penalty phase of the trial. Miller was sentenced to death.

Those posting on the Vanguard News Network forum over the weekend expressed concerns that their site could face a similar fate.

“Just a heads up that this site may be next,” posted someone using the name Blusnayl. “You folks should best prepare. White Nationalists are having to move to the darknet. I’d look into it if you still value a social medium in the times that are about to come.”

Link to Vanguard News Network

ALEX LINDER.

It’s always good to be skeptical, but not be excessively paranoid. I hate to say this, but some think that Linder is a Jew. Read more at The Phora.

Partial List of Bans Against Truth: Andrew Anglin Asks Which Side are YOU On?

Microchip has been banned from Twitter over a hundred times but continues to sneak back on. I believe some readers here told me that Ambrose Kane has been shut down. Stormfront has been shut down.

Any others you know about?

List linked in this Daily Stormer article.

What we want is a return to normalcy, a return to sanity.

That is all.

We do not want Jews running our nation, we do not want to be overrun by Third Worlders, and we do not want our race and civilization destroyed – just as no sane person did prior to about the 1950s.

The people who are now censoring us do want those things.

They are part of a system that is hellbent on destroying us.

Charlottesville made it clear for everyone that that is what this current system wants, and will stop at nothing to get.

We are in a war, and the stakes have never been higher.

This is a war for our very genetic survival.

Expecting our enemies – who want America turned into a third world hellhole – to respect our freedom of speech, would be pretty naive.

Of course they want us silenced.

But: are we going to allow them to get away with it?

Are we – the good, decent, law-abiding Americans – going to stand by silently as they ban everyone who doesn’t agree with their insane liberal ideology from the internet, one by one?

That is what is going to happen if we don’t fight this tooth and nail.

Rights are not “inherent.” Arguably, they don’t exist at all. What do exist are privileges, and these flow from power. At best there are privileges that are viewed as sacred enough by enough of a people or a nation that they are respected without having to be demanded – or denied – at the barrel of a gun.

But these privileges/rights are eternally in peril.

The Founders were well aware of this, and that is why they made the Second Amendment the right to bear arms.

That will no doubt be viewed as a radical statement, but it is not a call for violent revolution, it is simply stating a historical fact.

We’re not going to overthrow the government, at least not any time soon (although doing so at this point would indeed be in keeping with the warnings and directives of the Founding Fathers), but what we can do is make a lot of noise.

We need to turn the screws as tight as we can. Pressure works, and we need all hands on deck to apply it in mighty doses.

The only reason, effectively, that any politically active individual would not stand up against this insane wave of censorship, this assault on the most basic of all of our freedoms, would be because they, too, are in the enemy camp, and wish our destruction.

Make your choice.

We aren’t going to get a second chance. The future of civilization rests on our willingness to fight against this tyranny.

Ultimately, people will either die knowing they stood up for what is right in this hour of darkness, or they will die knowing that they stayed silent because they were afraid.

Those who choose the latter are betraying America and her heroic Founders, who themselves risked life and limb to win us these precious freedoms that are now under assault.

Which side are you on?

Tribes, Institutions, Markets, and Networks–Ronfeldt’s TIMN Model and the Daily Stormer Ban

Tribes + Institutions + Markets + Networks

Most of you won’t be interested in David Ronfeldt’s TIMN model because it’s pure abstract theory. What seems like eccentric theories can sometimes provide a framework for understanding real world events, though.

It seems to me that truth tellers have been suckered into putting all their capital into fragile (((networks))) from which they are now being banned–Stormfront, Daily Stormer, etc. Thus, Deep State tyranny advances.

Global Guerrillas Blog

The implications of this model, and I’m giving it short shrift given its richness, is that this crisis will show us the value of networked organizational forms. For example: innovation/tinkering networks, resilient communities, and cyberdemocracy efforts. The objective of a successful society should be to incorporate the value of networked forms into the existing TIM (tribal, institutional, and market) framework that already exists. Ronfeldt again:

Societies that can elevate the bright over the dark side of each form and achieve a new combination become more powerful and capable of complex tasks than societies that do not. Societies that first succeed at making a new combination gain advantages over competitors and attain a paramount influence over the nature of international conflict and cooperation.

This model is very useful for analysis of our current situation. However, there are a couple twists that may make its application problematic. Here’s a critique:

If the crisis is too severe, it can force society backwards into tribal or TI (tribal plus institutional) structures. Neo-feudalism and totalitarian states.

This model assumes that countries, defined as discrete bordered geographies, are the only container within which these organizational forms exist. It’s possible that the elevation of markets to a global level, beyond the nation-state or country container, has left nation-states vulnerable to predation. In that globalized system, market participants (who define themselves solely within context) prey on organizationally weak nation-states (T plus I).

Global markets are supercharging tribal, institutional (corporate), and networked organizational types. As a result, they are likely to prey upon nation-states too.

The Highlands Group is allegedly one of the hidden (((Deep State))) institutions pushing the world into a single world government tyranny. Take a look at this archived thread from 4chan. The Highlands Group is allegedly the group that is pushing the removal of all truth websites, responsible for banning the Daily Stormer, Stormfront, etc.

I got a lot out of watching Ronfeldt’s video, although I’m still processing the ideas he talks about. The subject is his TIMN model. 25 minutes.

Stormfront Down: Oldest “White Supremacy” Site Follows Daily Stormer into Oblivion

I discovered Stormfront and Amren in 2005 when I was still a professor. Until then, I had no idea that truth existed. It’s also the year that I discovered Henry Makow’s site, Jeff Rense, and David Icke. They made Alex Jones Infowars look pale in comparison.

The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which advocated for shutting down Stormfront, appears to be a Jewish front organization, controlled by radical leftists. That assessment is based on a quick look. We need to do more research on this pernicious institution.

We also need to pressure Congress for regulation of the Internet and begin to form a Free Speech Internet. Alex Jones may be next. David Duke, as well.

The source article for this post is biased, but the most in-depth piece I found.

Gizmodo

The massive crackdown on the internet’s festering white supremacist contingent claimed another victory last night: Stormfront.

The neo-Nazi forum has a much longer and deadlier history than more recent sites like the Daily Stormer or The Right Stuff, with Holocaust denial posts from the site’s founder Don Black appearing on USENET newsgroups as early as 1985. Stormfront grew out of those pre-internet newsgroups—like alt.skinheads, alt.revisionism, alt.politics.nationalism.white—eventually becoming a standalone site whose members have been directly linked to almost 100 bias-related murders. Attempts at purpose-built white nationalist sites were made prior to Stormfront, but it was the first to gain traction. Before going dark, the long-running site drew close to half a million unique monthly visitors, according to Alexa data.

Black, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, learned the skills to build Stormfront during his three years in federal prison, which he served for attempting a violent overthrow of Dominica, an island just north of Martinique. The New York Times reports that “Nazi and Confederate flags, dynamite and 30 high-powered rifles” were among the items found by authorities when he and nine other men were caught.

Currently, a Whois search shows that Stormfront.org’s domain provider—Network Solutions LLC, a company under Web.com—has placed a hold on the site. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the closure comes at the behest of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which drafted a letter to Web.com’s CEO pointing out that, after more than 20 years, Stormfront was in clear violation of his company’s acceptable use policies. Gizmodo has reached out to Web.com but has not yet received a comment.

Delving into the history of Stormfront’s creation is deeply instructive of the predicament we’re currently in. A Wired “Netizen” column from 1997 lists Stormfront.org as one of many sites trafficking in paranoid delusions and what we’ve come to begrudgingly call “fake news.” As writer Tom Dowe generously put it:

The Net is opening up new terrain in our collective consciousness, between old-fashioned “news” and what used to be called the grapevine – rumor, gossip, word of mouth.

As Black’s own posts reveal, neo-Nazis sought to dismantle multiculturalism by inventing narratives back then too—only the immigrants they blamed for society’s problems came from elsewhere.

The “troll-and-deny” tactics currently popular with far-right figures trying to distance themselves from outright Naziism were on display in the ‘90s as well, as a callout post from 1996 directed at (now) former National Alliance member Milton Kleim shows. Kleim later renounced white nationalism in several posts, one of which stated that [emphasis ours]:

I came to a conclusion in early 1996 that there were inherent flaws in the philosophy advocated by the so-called “movement,” as well as glaring problems with the “leadership” of this “movement.” The caustic traits attributed to the Jews by the key leaders of the “movement” were actually reflections of their own personalities: self-aggrandizing, delusive, selfish, base personalities which didn’t actually ascribe to a genuine higher purpose.

More pressingly, the fight over whether tech companies owe their services to hate groups isn’t new either. Bart Alsbrook, the recently-resigned Oklahoma police chief believed to have neo-Nazi ties, was the subject of a 1996 Dallas Morning News story once he was identified as a poster known as “Bootboy.” In it, Alsbrook’s internet service provider, Internet America (which was bought by Rise Broadband in 2015), adopted the same hands-off stance many platforms continue to take today:

“We’re not in the business of censoring what our customers post, it’s not possible with 25,000 to 30,000 customers, nor is it something we want to do,” Mr. Martin said. “If, however, there’s anything illegal about a site, we cooperate fully with the police and FBI.”
That 30,000 customers felt unmanageable makes the prospect of clamping down on networks with millions upon millions of users that much more daunting.

But USENET posts from the late ‘90s reveal neo-Nazi outrage that American Online refused to carry the aforementioned alt.politics.nationalism.white newsgroup. “How is that possible? Who would have the power to do such a thing, I thought the net was unregulated!?” one user wrote in alt.skinheads, “Is it just my shitty university of California at santa Barbara going lefty again or is it some higher power?”

Ideally, we could close this chapter of internet-enabled hatred for good, but in all likeliness Stormfront will do what the Daily Stormer has been doing for weeks now: hopping between domains, providers, and hosts; ping ponging between the dark net and the clear web. For now, however, Stormfront’s jettison serves as a strong symbolic victory.

DON BLACK.